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Health and hazardous substances in waste and recycling

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This information sheet is aimed at employers, managers, supervisors and safety advisers in the waste and recycling industry. It gives guidance on common health hazards associated with exposure to hazardous substances (including harmful microorganisms) when handling waste and recyclables during collection and sorting activities. It describes how to identify and assess the hazards and how to eliminate or reduce the risk of ill health from exposure. It also gives information about handling needles and other 'sharps'.

Updated: 2016-01-22